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Choose This Day……

Each day that we awaken and arise from slumber, that new day is a gift and should be treated as such. A gift is something that one enjoys and treasures.  A gift is something that we tend to make use of.  If the gift is an item of clothing or a piece of jewelry, we wear it.  If we receive tools as a gift, we build something or work on our car.  Should the gift be toys for a youngster, they play with their gift.  Whatever it may be, we make use of that particular gift. We choose to do so because that is the logical choice to make, yes?  So, why is it that we mistreat the gift of a brand new day then?  As nice as other gifts are, nothing can quite compare with waking up and knowing that we have before us hours of life, hours filled with resplendent opportunities to pursue our dreams and goals.  With this gift of the day, we can breathe in the beauty of creation around us.  We can use moments within that day to be of a help and blessing to others and be blessed in return.  Throughout the miracle of this gift, this day we can learn something new.  We have the privilege of using our mind and our bodies in mental and physical activities.  If we choose to, we can consider for a moment the miracle of our hands.  When is the last time you thought about how wonderous our hands are?  Our fingers and thumbs flex and move, seemingly on their own carrying out the orders that our brain sends to them by way of our nerves.  I myself paused for a moment or two here considering how amazing it is that I am able to type because of the gift of my hands and the intricate process involved that makes it so.  But you see, I chose to reflect on this.

Everything we do with the gift of each day is a matter of choice.  How did you choose to use your day today?  Did you greet the day with thankfulness by filling your lungs with oxygen, breathing in deeply the gift of Life?  Did you allow yourself the exquisite pleasure of a good full-body stretch, feeling your muscles limber up?  Cats do this instinctively, innately knowing the value of stretching.  It eases the body into the day instead of shocking it into submission.  Did you go look out the window to see the sun in the heavens and the abundance of life?  Or did you stumble into the shower, hoping it will awaken you enough so as to make a hurried cup of coffee before rushing out the door to head for work?  For you see, if that is how you began your day, that was a choice also.  Not a good one, but a choice nonetheless.

Now you may tell me that you dislike your job intensely but you have to make a living so what choice do you have?  This is after all how the world works, right?  Wrong.  You have chosen to be where you are and although it would take a bit of work, you can choose to change the path you are on presently.  And if you do not do so, then that is a choice as well because you chose not to choose. 

I would also say that in any given situation, we can choose to be a thermometer or a thermostat.  If our choice is to be a thermometer, then we will simply reflect the temperature or in this case, the environment around us.  Or we choose to be a thermostat and have a direct say as to the nature of the environment is that surrounds us each day.  What would be the better choice here?  Personally, I tend to lean towards the idea of the thermostat.  By choosing that option, it is so much more likely that your day, your gift will be much more fulfilled and abundant.

I believe that so often we like to believe that Life’s choices are not within our control.  This way we are allowed to feel less accountable for how any given day turns out.  And that day turns into two days, then into a week, a month, a year and before we know it, Life has passed us by.  Then we look back over our life and see that the journey was mediocre and disappointing at best.  But really, what choice did we have after all?  It wasn’t our fault that our life was not excellent.  There were circumstances that were beyond control and we had no choice  but to go with what was placed before us.  I will say this to that.  The manner in which we choose whether good or bad becomes a habit.  We can choose wisely or unwisely but either way, we  make a choice.  Another term for the gift of choice is the gift of free will.  And we exercise our free will on a daily basis.

Our Creator has blessed each one of us with the gift of a brand new day each and every day.  He knows the correct choices we should make to get the most benefit of our days and therefore our Life, our Destiny.  But He has also provided us with another gift which brings with it responsibility.  It is the gift of Choice and the way we choose to use that gift is by exercising our free will.  We are intelligent beings having been created as such. And as such, we have the ability to choose the paths we go down.  We obviously do not always choose rightly.  But that is a part of learning in Life and a part of growing into who we were meant to be.  So, think about the choices you make today and everyday.  Some choices are small and some are large.  However, all our choices are significant and far-reaching.  We would do well to remember this, yes?

Choose well this day and everyday.  Always bear in mind that each day we awaken is indeed a gift.  So, treasure it and use it well.  Be a blessing to all those you touch always.  You never know how your smile and a kind word will affect another’s day.  What will the gift of this day bring to you?  The choice is yours to make.  Blessings to you.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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It’s A Brand New Year!!

Friends and neighbors, it is indeed a brand new year!  And I have heard so many say, “Thank God the old year has passed because it was not a good year for me at all!”  And believe me, I can appreciate that statement.  2012 was a rough year for many.  For me, it was rather difficult in many ways.  There were trials and circumstances that I would have preferred not to have gone through.  But in the same breath, I would not trade the tribulations I dealt with for when viewed in the proper context, those situations caused me to grow in ways I could not have otherwise.  In past years, I cheated myself of opportunities to grow because I refused to embrace the problems which beset me.  Growth is often a painful process because it involves change and we tend to avoid pain at all costs.  It is a survival instinct, I suppose. The sad part is that when we turn away from the growth process because of the pain of change, the end result that we receive is that we simply survive.  We do not and cannot live fully the Life that our Creator would have us to live.  I am learning this now and am more apt to reach out and embrace that unfavorable circumstance or difficulty.  Do I do so because I enjoy pain?  Not hardly.  It is just that I know now there is the reward of growth at the end of that troublesome road.  And the feeling one receives from achieving personal growth is a feeling like no other.  Have you ever noticed a flower when it is full bloom, brilliant and beautiful in its color?  Or what of a tree, fully and magnificently clothed in green?  These are everyday miracles of our world. Now, what if that tree or that flower did not go through the process necessary for growth?  The answer is quite obvious, isn’t it?  Without a growth process, all things will die.  My friend, we are no different from the beauty of nature that is round’ about us each day.

By turning our back on the growth process set before us, we die inside.  Not all at once, to be sure.  It is a gradual and almost insidious process which is what makes it a danger.  Each time we back away from a problem or challenge because we know of the potential for pain, our refusal to do so causes yet another small tear in the fabric of our Spirit.  Over time, we allow so many of these to occur that the strength of Spirit we possess initially simply unravels as it slowly but surely gets torn apart.  And I will say this as well since we are on the subject…….Sewing back together the fabric that comprises our Spirit is a very difficult job and it takes a great deal of time and effort to accomplish this.  I know of what I speak.

So in reality, when we choose not to grow and change because we see the potential pain involved and wish to avoid it, what are we really doing in the end?  In the short-term, we cheat ourselves of experiencing the grand feeling of having our hearts and spirits bloom and burst forth into splendid color and fullness.  I should also state that when we grow, change and bloom, those around us benefit and are blessed directly.  And needless to say, in blessing others we are blessed in return and in greater abundance.  It is a universal and scriptural law or as Kermit the Frog would say, “It is the way of it”.  And what are the long-term effects of walking away from growth and change?  Quite simply put, we must work twice as hard to become as we would’ve been.  That is unless we simply allow the death of our Spirit and waste the gift of Life and all that is precious within us.  And there are many in our world who do just that.  You see them everyday as you move through your life.  It’s so sad really.

Oh, I should say as well that not all growth and change has turmoil and pain attached to it.  It is just that with we humans, (myself included!) the only time we become willing to change and therefore grow is when the pain of not changing exceeds the pain of change.  We are really such silly people when you think about it in that light, yes?

In closing, I would say this to myself and to all those reading these words.  It is indeed a brand new year!  Allow yourself to bask in the beauty of  the gift of a new beginning for a few moments so as to truly appreciate it.  Then, keep your eyes open wide and look for ways and opportunities to grow and to change.  Realize going in that there will be undoubtedly some discomfort and yes, even pain involved in the process.  What is the old adage? “Forewarned is forearmed”?  When one is aware of something up front, it is so much easier not to be surprised by it.  Wouldn’t you agree?  Make it a part of you to view growth and all it entails as an adventure, not as something that must be dealt with, a task which must be completed.  This new year, this 2013 we have been given, promises to be an exciting time.  Will it be a time of challenges as well?  Yes, it will and you may count on it.  But it will also be a time for abundant growth and a time when we, individually as well as collectively can blossom and bring vibrant color and a new fullness to our world!  Does this excite you, my friends?  Let us go hence and make this 2013 an excellent year!

Good evening to all those who have taken the time to review these words.  I hope what has been written was worthy of your time.  And as I have said in the past, if what you have read caused you to think a bit, then this is a good thing.  But please, please apply what you have read to your respective lives and be sure to bless those around you as well daily.  Take care and be blessed in your day!

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr

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Listen!……….Destiny Calls Softly

Do you believe in destiny?  I am sure that most of us do believe in destiny as a general rule.  But I am talking about personal destiny, about your reason and purpose for being placed into this, our world.  Do you believe in a personal destiny?  Do you believe that each and everyone one of us has a ordination on our lives, a specific calling if you will?  It is true, you know.  You and I are not here by accident.  Our Creator or God or the Universe or whatever name you are comfortable with has a design for your life. We are not random incidents, fumbling and flailing about, hoping that we make it through Life with our mind and body still intact when it ends.  Although, I will admit it feels like that sometimes.  Life can be pretty frightening when looking at it on a global scale or even when it is just your own backyard, as they say. But have you ever considered that it is seeing how skewed things can be that keeps us from hearing what is in our heart, from what is our destiny?  Think about it for a moment. How many times per day do you get distracted?  How about per hour?  I am not just speaking of the physical aspect either.  We have all sorts of thoughts flitting about in our mind constantly which divert our attention.  How can one know, let alone hear what ones’ heart is telling them  regarding ones’ purpose in life, ones’ destiny when all the while the imps of distraction are clanging about in their mind?  A difficult chore in and of itself and only made harder by the voice of destiny itself.  What do I mean by this?  Allow me to try to explain, if you will.  Like you, I am feeling my way along here and attempting to hear the message of my own heart. So, please indulge me and please be kind.

The voice of destiny follows a path which begins in our heart and it does so because we have  seeds of greatness within.  These seeds of greatness reside in the rich soil of our heart.  Our destiny is determined by what those seeds of greatness have been designed or destined to yield unto Life.  For this reason, the two must be in contact one with the other because they will not come to fruition if separated.  And an obvious point here as well….The aforementioned seeds must receive watering and proper care because nothing will grow if unattended, correct?  But, I digress.  Originally, I made mention that being able to discover our destiny was only made more difficult by the voice of destiny itself, yes?  This voice I speak of is not a loud or brash voice.  It does not usually stride in boldly and shout, “Here am I! Come now, go with me!”  No, this is not how destiny speaks to us.  It comes in gently, almost politely and in a quiet voice it speaks to the spirit of our passions, of what is true in our hearts, of what it is we were born to do with these gifts, these seeds of greatness within.  And it is difficult sometimes to hear this voice while all around us, all is chaos and discord.  It is for this reason that so many of us miss out on the calling, the destiny for which we were born.

As children, we listen to our hearts well and often.  One only has to look deep within a child’s eyes to know the truth of this.  There is no pretense or insincerity in a child’s gaze.  There is only their heart looking out unto you and to the world where magic awaits them.  It is true, is it not?  So, am I indicating that children know their calling, their destiny before they have reached adulthood?  In some cases, yes indeed it is true.  And it probably would be true more often if Life was not cruel at times and if we adults didn’t wear the joy and wonder from the hearts of the young by telling them to “Stop being silly and grow up!” or “You’ll never amount to anything if you don’t grow up!”  My God in heaven, won’t they enter our adult world soon enough?  Don’t cut short the magic they possess, the magic by which they truly “become” who they are meant to be!

Now, for those of us who did not know, did not hear the voice of destiny before and wish to hear it now, I would make a suggestion to you.  Still yourself. Still the spirit of unease within you, the spirit that I call “adulthood”.  Allow your mind to ease, to relax for a few moments.  It’s okay to do so, even though your mind may fight against it.  Forget for the moment about cooking dinner, the grocery list, that prospective client and so on.  They will all be waiting when you return.  Breathe deeply and evenly and let your mind rest.  As you do so, try to recall what it was you most enjoyed as a younger person. What were the things you did that made you feel accomplished and pleased within yourself.  These are most often your passions, your seeds of greatness still resting inside your heart, still waiting for you to bring them into the sunlight.  “It is too late now for my time has gone!”, you may say.  Do not let that distraction cloud the vision of your destiny!  Just because you have not fulfilled your destiny does not mean that it has forgotten you.  That special something you were placed here to do still awaits you.  You see, no one can fulfill the purpose you were born with except you.  It is the way of it.  Rejoice in that knowledge for it tells you that it is not yet too late for your true life, for your destiny to be realized.  This is a great piece of news, is it not?  Alright now, you are still relaxed, yes?  Understandably excited but relaxed in your mind and spirit for this is the only way to hear your heart.  And as surely as you can feel your seeds of greatness stirring now, slowly awakening, you can also hear the quiet and gentle voice of destiny from deep within your heart speaking to you, reminding you of who you were meant to be.  Mind you now, do not allow busy distractions into the space you are creating.  Only relax, breathe and listen for your heart.  It will tell you and take you where it is you need to go.  If you don’t hear anything at first, that is quite understandable.  You’ve not listened to yourself from within for a very long time.  But give yourself the time deserved and permit patience to enter your mind.  To live your life fully blessed because you are fulfilling your destiny is worth the effort required to know your heart as you did so long ago.  I know this to be true.  Would you not agree?  Thank you for your attention and may the blessings of the day be yours to share!

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Times’ Essence

What day will we die?

Who really can know?

So, while we’re still living,

Let’s give it a go.

Go talk to your neighbor,

stop by, see a friend.

Take time for your family,

that rift you can mend!

I speak from experience,

if you’ve read what’s above.

I now see how time

connects with love.

See, I had a buddy,

a good friend of mine.

He said, “Let’s get together!”

I said, “That would be fine,

Yes, we must get together,

in a few days or so.”

Well, a few days went by,

but I didn’t go.

And now it’s too late,

I realize.

A few days ago, my good friend died.

I’ve learned from this segment

of Life I’ve gone thru.

I trust that this knowledge

has been passed on to you.

What day will we die?

Who really can say?

We may have a century,

or perhaps just a day.

Our time has a value,

too precious to lose.

How will we use it?

This we must choose.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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